Book Review of The Creative Underclass

Dr. Frances Howard, a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and course leader for the Youth Studies programme, has reviewed The Creative Underclass in Cultural Sociology. Howard is the convenor of BERA’s Youth Studies and Informal Education Special Interest Group. Of the book, she writes:

“For those who are interested in cultural policy and youth programmes, this book is an important awakening for those who uncritically accept the discourse of creativity as a force for good. This study destabilizes the taken-for-granted assumption about arts activities as ‘positive activities’ through which young people can ‘better themselves’. This book is a timely reminder that youth development programmes do not solve economic problems.”

Frances Howard “Cultural Sociology.” To read the full review in Cultural Sociology, click here. The pre-publication version can be read for free here.

Book Review of the Creative Underclass

The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and The Gentrifying City received a positive review from welcome insights by Professor Darlene Clover, University of Victoria, in the International Review of Education:

“[This] book is written in a personal, engaging style and peppered with conversations between Denmead and the youth who offer a sense of hope through their clever, observant and deeply cognizant understandings of structural injustice. . . . It is important reading for those working with youth, in urban centers and within the context of the ‘creative industry.'”

Darlene E. Clover “International Review of Education”

The review can be read here.